January 15, 2011
Tech rolls past Wake Forest 94-65
By Jimmy Robertson
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Wake Forest (7-11, 0-3) 244165
Virginia Tech (11-5, 2-2) 445094
  • Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. - 9,847
  • High Points: 16 - Manny Atkins
  • High Rebounds: 5 - Victor Davila, Jarell Eddie

BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech Hokies used two big first-half runs and shot a season-high 58.6 percent from the floor to roll past Wake Forest 94-65 in an ACC game played Saturday night at Cassell Coliseum, handing the Demon Deacons their worst loss of the season.

The win marked the seventh in the past eight games for the Hokies, who moved to 11-5 overall on the season, 2-2 in the ACC. Wake Forest, which lost to Tech for the fourth straight time, fell to 7-11, 0-3. The Demon Deacons have lost seven of their past eight.

“You’ve got to win these types of games, especially at home,” Tech coach Seth Greenberg said. “You’ve got to approach the game with tremendous respect. They’ve got young, talented players, and if you watch them on tape, they go on runs where they make shots.”

Wake Forest led 9-6 in the early going, but the Hokies used a 14-2 run – with six players scoring baskets – to take a lead they never would relinquish. Jarell Eddie’s 3-pointer with 10:04 remaining in the first half ended the run and gave Tech a 20-11 lead.

Wake Forest’s C.J. Harris scored with 8:09 left in the first to make the score 24-16, but the Hokies embarked on another big run, scoring the next 11 straight points. Manny Atkins’ 3-pointer with 4:57 remaining in the half expanded Tech’s lead to 35-16 and the Hokies never looked back.

Tech made seven 3-pointers in the first half and shot 53.1 percent from the floor. For the game, the Hokies hit eight 3-pointers.

Six players scored in double figures for the Hokies, but the story was the production they got from their bench, which chipped in 39 points. Atkins, a sophomore from Stone Mountain, Ga., led Tech with a career-high 16 points, while Eddie, a freshman from Charlotte, N.C., scored a career-high 12 points.

“It’s important,” Atkins said of Tech’s bench play. “We’ve had a lot of injuries from the beginning of the season, so it’s important for all the bench players to come in and play strong. We’ve all got big roles now. We’ve all got to come in and play like we’re starters.”

“They know they’re going to play,” Greenberg said. “They know they’re going to get a chance to play through mistakes, and they work hard every single day in practice.

“Manny has a very good motor, and he’s a tough hombre. What he lacks in certain areas, I think he makes up for it in work ethic. Jarell is a really talented young man who is learning how to compete. He’s not there yet, but the guy can make buckets.”

Victor Davila scored 14 points, while Terrell Bell finished with 12. Jeff Allen and Erick Green each scored 10.

Malcolm Delaney, who came into the game averaging 19.3 points per game, scored just nine, but dished out nine assists – one short of his career high.

Gary Clark paced the Demon Deacons with 16 points. Wake Forest shot just 40 percent from the floor.

The Hokies hit the road for their next game, traveling to College Park, Md., for a Thursday night game against Maryland. Tip-off is slated for 9 p.m.

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